Cumbria braces itself for thundersnow as strong winds cause disruption across the county
STRONG winds caused disruption around Cumbria this morning as the county gears up for a period of unsettled weather, including thundersnow.
In Whitehaven 771 homes were left without power at about 5.50am after winds caused a fault on an overhead line.
By 1.30pm, 107 had been restored but 664 customers were still without power.
Electricity North West tweeted: "We have a high voltage fault affecting 771 customers in #CA28 #WHITEHAVEN. Engineers are on site working to restore supplies by 2pm."
Moresby Primary School is among those without power and was forced to close today.
It is due to reopen tomorrow unless a further update is made.
The A66 was closed this morning to high sided vehicles due to strong winds between the Kemplay Bank roundabout at Penrith and Scotch Corner.
Highways England said: "Motorists are advised to take extra care when driving today as strong winds are currently being experienced in the north of England."
Snow is expected to hit parts of Cumbria tomorrow, the Met Office is warning.
Cold air originating over Arctic Canada is bringing snow showers and strong winds.
About 2cm to 5cm of snow could accumulate anywhere within the warning area, with 10cm to 20cm possible on higher ground.
Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, with potential disruption to power supplies as a consequence.
A snow warning covers all but the eastern edge of Cumbria and lasts for nearly 12 hours tomorrow from 12.05am.
Today the forecaster updating a second warning for Friday which no longer covers the county.